Trader Joe’s: The Dark Chocolate Lover’s Chocolate Bar
October 19, 2010 - chocolate
Readers, if you’ve read any of the other posts here, you will be familiar with our occasional rantings about finding that sweet spot with dark chocolate. It is, in our humble opinion, somewhere around the 60 percent mark that one is more likely to encounter such well composed chocolates.Below the 50% point, and the sugar and other flavors too easily overpower the chocolate; over 70% and the mix typically becomes too bitter. Lindt has an 83% bar that really is borderline, and that is a testament, we believe, to the quality of the cocoa and the sugar used in their bar. Lindt, unless you can find it on sale at Target (yeah, right), is a bit pricey.
Well, fear not, dear reader, as we have now encountered another bar, similarly high in cocoa, similarly on the fence between sweet and bitter, made with excellent quality cocoa. And, you can find it at your local Trader Joe’s.
In a move possibly to keep you from eating too much of this chocolate at once – we are talking a dark dark chocolate here – the folks at Trader Joe’s decided to pack this as two 50g (1.75 ounce) bars. (Traditional bars usually weigh in around 75 to 100g.)
This is a nice, smooth, bitter dark chocolate bar, plain and simple. It gets the job done; it’s the hammer in the dark chocolate toolbox, not the laser-guided compound mitre saw.